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'Fortnite star Ninja paid 33,000 times more in taxes than US President Donald Trump': Twitch streamer hits back at unfair taxation laws

Ninja paid more taxes than Donald Trump himself
Ninja paid more taxes than Donald Trump himself
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Modified 29 Sep 2020, 19:29 IST
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Tyler Ninja Blevins is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in the gaming industry, known primarily for his association with Epic Games' Fortnite.

From rising through the ranks on Twitch to becoming a global icon and the poster boy for Fortnite, Ninja has achieved a lot at the relatively young age of 29. Throughout his streaming career, Ninja has built up an enviable bank balance, having earned millions in the process. However he ended up feeling the pinch, as he recently went on a rant against unfair taxation, as a result of which he had to shell out millions.

This sentiment was also shared by Twitch streamer HasanAbi, who tweeted that Ninja had paid approximately 33,000 times more in taxes than the President of the United States, Donald Trump:

The tweet comes in the aftermath of a recent news report by The New York Times, which revealed that Donald Trump had reportedly paid only $750 in taxes in 2016 and 2017.

Soon after HasanAbi's tweet went viral, several from the online community responded with their own opinions on the matter.


Ninja pays more taxes than the President

Esports is undoubtedly one of the most viable professions in the world today, as it continues to attract prominent investors, which include the likes of Drake (100 Thieves) and Post Malone (Dallas Empire) .

With enormous prize pools and high stakes, the monetary incentive associated with esports and streaming today is huge, by any given standard.

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Keeping this in mind, the fact that Ninja had to pay almost half of the earnings from his Mixer payout as taxes, received intense coverage recently, via HasanAbi's tweet.

Several from the online community reacted to his tweet, as they spoke about a plethora of issues ranging from tax avoidance to poking fun at the shambolic discrepancy:

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Published 29 Sep 2020, 19:29 IST
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